This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education. Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology) OR Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a re-specialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the re-specialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: (1) The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and, (2) The specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. NOTE: The applicant must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the re-specialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship. Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed OR New VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern ORVHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement OR Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed may be considered eligible for hire only if they are currently board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (NOTE: Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board certification.) OR Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill this internship requirement by having the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable to the candidate's doctoral program. If the internship experience is not noted on the applicant's official transcript, the applicant must provide a statement from the doctoral program verifying that the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience was completed in a site acceptable to the doctoral program. Licensure. Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Provide copy of licensure. Exception. Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-11 or GS-12 grade for a period not to exceed two years. English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations: GS-11 Staff Psychologist Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-12 Staff Psychologist Experience: At least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11) which includes diagnosing disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders, and may include research. Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist but with less intense supervision than at the GS-11 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSA's: Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties). Ability to perform basic research tasks of scholarship and research execution within the context of an established research team, including research participant relations, research documentation, data acquisition, maintenance, and collaboration. GS-13 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance) Experience: At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health Knowledge of clinical research literature. Preferred Experience: Experience with veterans. References: VHA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13. Physical Requirements: use of fingers, both hands required, see computer screen, hearing (aid may be permitted), prolonged sitting, outside and inside, working closely with others, working alone. ["The psychologist for whom this functional statement applies is assigned to the outpatient General Mental Health (GMH) program of the Behavioral Health Service (BHS) at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center. Incumbent contributes to training and supervision of clinical psychology interns and may have responsibility for training and supervision of mental health providers in training in other disciplines. Duties will vary based on grade. At the GS-13 full performance level of this assignment, the GS-13 psychologist applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in incumbent's work setting. Incumbent has advanced knowledge of psychological evaluation, diagnosis, intervention, and related behavioral health services that qualifies incumbent to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines. The primary functions of a staff psychologist at the full performance level include the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education and training of staff, interns, and other mental health providers in training. Duties will include: Provides a full range of direct patient care to Veterans in outpatient behavioral health settings, including psychodiagnostic evaluation, individual and group psychotherapies, evidence-based psychotherapies, and other services. Produces timely, appropriate documentation of care in accordance with agency policies. Has knowledge of, and the ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations. Serves as a member of relevant BHS interdisciplinary treatment teams for Veterans, collaborating closely psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and providers of other disciplines (occupational therapy, recreational therapy, etc.) as relevant. Provides psychosocial and psychotherapeutic treatment planning for Veterans in the outpatient General Mental Health program. Provides psychological consultation to medical center staff of other disciplines regarding care of Veteran patients. As faculty member and member of training committee for facility's APA-accredited clinical psychology internship, provides training and clinical supervision to interns in the program. Contributes to meetings and faculty training associated with the internship. Serves as faculty member for regional psychiatry residency. As requested, provides training and consultation for psychiatry residents doing rotations in behavioral health. Seeks and maintains clinical appointment through residency-affiliated university. Provides training and clinical supervision to trainees in other mental health disciplines, medical students, nursing students, and trainees of other disciplines, as assigned. As assigned, serves on Service, Medical Center, VISN, and/or National committees or task forces related to assigned program. Actively collaborates with community partners in support of patient care, program operations, and agency objectives. Actively participates in local, state, and national professional organizations. Meets the needs of customers while supporting VA missions. Consistently communicates and treats customers (Veterans, their representatives, visitors and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Effectively communicates with and utilizes other services and disciplines to facilitate treatment planning and implementation. Participates effectively in team meetings, treatment planning conferences, work groups, and other group meetings. Effectively communicates with and utilizes community agencies to facilitate treatment, discharge planning, and continuity of care. Collaborates with a variety of community agencies and engages in problem resolution activities. Anticipates and avoids potential causes of conflict and activity promotes cooperation among co-workers. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00AM - 4:30PM Telework: Eligible for Adhoc telework only. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.